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Greek in Matala


A refreshing change from the run-of-the-mill waterfront tavernas, this been-there-forever family place just past the central square makes no-nonsense Greek food, including an excellent mixed grill with salad and pot…
Cave in Matala

Matala Caves

It’s clearly these caves that make Matala unique and not just because of the hippie connection. Hewn into the porous sandstone cliffs in prehistoric times, they were used as tombs by the Romans under whom Matala was…
Seafood in Matala

Scala Fish Tavern

Past all the bars on the easternmost end of the beach, this modern-looking place is Matala’s best restaurant. It’s been in the family for over 30 years, so it’s doing something right. It gets top marks for its fresh…
Greek in Matala


Overlooking the beach, down-to-earth Lions has been popular for many years and the food is better than average. It gets buzzy in the evening, making it a good place to wind down the day with a drink.
Beach in Matala

Red Beach

Matala’s main beach below the caves is a lovely crescent but often gets uncomfortably crammed. To escape the crowds, follow signs to Red Beach, reached in a 30-minute scramble over the rocks. It’s hardly a secret bu…
Church in Matala

Church of Our Lady

Easily overlooked, this pint-sized chapel was carved straight out from a cliff, apparently during Venetian times. It contains some lovely icons and carved iconostasis. Follow the signs (enter from opposite Petra and…